“Her Majesty’s health was then drunk in ice water”

Early August 1851, the year of the Great Exhibition; you might be surprised the roast beef of old England was not enjoyed by absolutely everyone who could afford it and that ‘meat is murder’ was a philosophy that predated The Smiths.

‘Curious details’ of the often proximity of knackers’ yards to sausage makers is a debate we still have today about what goes into a sausage, as is the reporter’s veiled hint that vegetarians are windbags — in more senses than one.

Bread, parsley and rice fritter, anyone?

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The bloomer costume craze of 1851... what next? They will want the vote and larger parasols!

The bloomer costume craze of 1851… what next? They will want the vote and larger parasols!

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